Fans greet Peter­son at Vik­ings camp

The Washington Post Sunday - - SPORTS -

The “AP! AP!” and “MVP! MVP!” chants started as soon as Adrian

Peter­son was spot­ted driv­ing into the park­ing lot.

The pur­ple-clad crowd of au­to­graph-seek­ing Vik­ings fans gath­ered at the an­nual re­port­ing day saved the loud­est cheers for a 30-year-old run­ning back who played in only one game last sea­son, for­mally wel­com­ing the once-ma­rooned Peter­son back to Min­nesota State Univer­sity as play­ers moved into their dorm rooms for train­ing camp Satur­day in Mankato, Minn.

“It’s com­fort­ing. It’s def­i­nitely a good feel­ing to know that the peo­ple do have your back,” Peter­son said, a lit­tle over three months af­ter the NFL re­in­stated him af­ter the sus­pen­sion he served for his in­volve­ment in a child abuse case. . . .

Ari­zona Car­di­nals rookie re­ceiver Da­mond Pow­ell Jr. was wounded by gun­fire out­side his Ohio home and re­mained hos­pi­tal­ized, team of­fi­cials said.

Pow­ell, 22, was wounded in his drive­way from shots fired from a car Fri­day evening, Toledo po­lice said. Wit­nesses re­ported see­ing three men wear­ing masks in a gold-col­ored ve­hi­cle, ac­cord­ing to po­lice.

A Univer­sity of Toledo Med­i­cal Cen­ter staffer said she had no in­for­ma­tion to re­lease about Pow­ell’s con­di­tion. But po­lice had said his in­juries didn’t ap­pear to be life-threat­en­ing. . . .

Pittsburgh Steel­ers run­ning back Le’Veon Bell, speak­ing as train­ing camp opened in La­trobe, Pa., said he “most def­i­nitely” wants his three-game mar­i­juana sus­pen­sion re­duced but added he has no idea how the NFL will han­dle his ap­peal or whether it’s even up for eval­u­a­tion.

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